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Cortney C.

Pvt/Grp Voice, Gen/ Adv Music Studies/Concepts, Elem Edu Tutor

Bedford, TX (76021)

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My name is Cortney C. and I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with you as my student! I began my journey in music at 15 when I was appointed the Children's Music Minister for my church in Grapevine, TX. My program consisted of children age 2 - 13 and I prepared monthly music concerts as well as large musical productions twice a year. I remained in this position until I graduated college from Texas Woman's University in 2003, with my Bachelor of Arts in Science Majoring in Music Education. Also when I was in High School and through college as well I also worked at several after school programs creating curriculum and tutoring school aged children. I graduated from Colleyville Heritage High School in 2000 and in high school and middle school as well I was a member of top performing Varsity Choirs, Show Choirs, Woman's Choirs, as well as studied Individual Private Music Lessons throughout. I received awards such as Superior Rating Solo's, Judge's Outstanding Performance as a soloist, and was as a group received numerous Superior Ratings, Best Overall Choir, Best overall competition Choir at UIL contest, festival contest all over the United States, as well as was apart of the 1999-2000 Panther Chorus to be invited to Germany and Austria to perform. In College I became proficient in Music Theory, Aural Skills and Training, Music History, Individual Vocal Training, Elementary General Music Concepts including instruments, recorders, introduction to note value, name, rhythm, beat, measure, timing, introduction to composition as well as many others. After Graduating from Texas Woman's University I became an Assistant Middle School Choral Director as well as a Private Voice Instructor where I remained for two years. My students participated in UIL Solo Contests where a large majority of them received Superior Ratings, Judge's Outstanding Solo Performer, District Choirs, Region Choirs, State Choirs, and even had several students who would perform at local music contests such as Johnny High, Billy Bobs, and even a few land record recording contracts. From there I began teaching elementary music and was honored to be apart of the inaugural year of Bette Perot Elementary School and established a successful music curriculum and program, an after school choral program of 100+ students, and was on the District Elementary Music Curriculum Writing Team. Following 5 years Bette Perot I returned to Middle School at Keller Middle School as the Assistant Choral Director where I was in charge of all Non-varsity Choral Groups and was the Production Manager of the Theater Arts and Music Club PAC that performed Disney Jr Musicals. I have written and received several Education Grants, was a Member of the Texas State Music Textbook Adoption Committee, as well as part of several End of Course Music Writing Teams. Following KMS I accepted the position at Carter Riverside High School as the Head Choral Director. I was able to rebuild the choral program from 19 students in the entire program to over 300! In addition to music I have become proficient in photography and capturing live and natural moments to capture the atmosphere and emotions in the photo to not just be a "picture" but a time stamp of one of many of life's moments to cherish. I also turn these photographs into scrapbooks of a persons story of their lives! For the past year I have spent my most of my time tutoring elementary and middle school academic subjects including math, science and history. In anything and everything I teach I implement individual growth plans with catered concepts and strategies to obtain each persons most successful potential outcome! I strive to not only teach each concept, method, or strategy but have the student be able to implement and perform them to best ability successfully! I look forward to working with you developing and making each of you goals a reality and dreams come true!

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Cortney’s subjects

Corporate Training:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Phonics, Study Skills
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word

Composition (Music)

I earned a degree in Music Education from Texas Woman's University, and have spent the past 12 years teaching music education in the public school system.

I spent two years teaching AP Music Theory, History, and Music Composition at the High School Level and spent a significant amount of time introducing, building, and producing independent music composition students.

Ear Training

Introduce and be able to notate as well as aurally create music notation including rhythm notation, aural note notation, creating structured music compositions.

I earned a degree in Music Education from Texas Woman's University, and have spent the past 12 years teaching music education in the public school system.

General Music

I will teach introduction to basic general music concepts such as note value, rhythm notation, basic solfege, aural training, beginning composition, and basic music history. I earned a degree in Music Education from Texas Woman's University, and have spent the past 12 years teaching music education in the public school system.

Music Theory

Learning the basic music concepts and how they work together. This includes learning the letter names of the lines and spaces of the staff including treble and bass clef, and the grand staff and how to create one. An introduction to the correct way to write notes and their value and placement on the staff. Introduce music terminology and correct usages including measure, bar lines, time signature, key signatures and how to correctly put them on the staff. Introduce and use music symbols to direct the correct sequence in a given piece of music and begin learning how to identify by sight, aurally and identify given notation as well as create notation of intervals.


Using the Alfred Piano Concept books this class can either be taught in a private one on one atmosphere or small group piano class introducing finger position, scales, correct hand and finger placement, building from single line exercises to full pieces of music depending on each students level and ability to play. I earned a Music Education degree from Texas Woman's University, where I went through extensive training including a piano proficiency exam to earn my degree. I have sense continued playing piano as well as instructing privately for the past 12 years.

Study Skills

Develop individual growth and tailored learning strategies to become successful in all academic areas

I earned a degree in Music Education from Texas Woman's University, and have spent the past 12 years teaching music education as well as general education in the public school system. I have tutored elementary aged students outside the classroom and feel I can offer multiple approaches for every student to become successful in whatever area they may be struggling.

Voice (Music)

Voice can be taught either solo or individual or can be taught in a small group.

Solo or Individually each student will study, learn, and perform given pieces of music applying learned music concepts, strategies, and terminology to create and become their own style and interpretation of the character and atmosphere. Students will learn how to portray and create a story using emotions and individual personalization to make the audience believe you have become that character. Students will be allowed to bring music in they are preparing for contests, performances, solos, as well as expose them to different languages and reinforce time periods and stylization of music from each of the time periods in history.

Group lesson will accomplish the same as listed by solo lessons but will do this with 4-6 members singing 4-6 part harmonies. Most ensemble music comes from the Renaissance time period and was used to entertain and tell a given story while creating unique harmonies. This style of music is great for applying music symbols and terminology and creating a fun and lively atmosphere.

I hold a Music Education degree from Texas Woman's University where my primary instrument was voice and have used this over the past 12 years while teaching music in the public school systems as well as private voice studios of my own.

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Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

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Cortney will travel within 10 miles of Bedford, TX 76021.

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